And they left it to Sierra Nevada to propose a space plane.
Indeed and you have supplied good examples of the craft with Dream Chaser, which is a more optimized design - thanks. I accept your's and cjameshuff's points about a space plane. I'm not arguing a capsule vs plane approach, simply commenting on the state of art in that technology. If a market emerges perhaps we will see more of them.
Yes, but their candidate for Commercial Crew is the CST-100. Which looks like a modernization and upscaling of the Apollo CM.
I have nothing against the capsule approach and have often lamented on how progressed space travel might have been had the Apollo platform been developed more. Far from arguing against the development of this type of vehicle, I'm excited that we are able to have a conversation like this and that there are three 7 crew member options available all vying for a role taking people to space.
The commercialization of space is one of the most exciting things I have seen for a while, I'm grateful for Elon Musk's efforts.
I won't be able to respond to further posts for a while as I am of to get some surgery on my spine today. Thanks for the conversation.